Every week, new issues emerge that challenge our moral compass: Can a pharmaceutical company raise the price of a life-saving drug by 5000%? Does a state have a moral obligation to keep alive a brain-damaged infant suffering from an incurable degenerative illness? At what point is it morally acceptable to infringe on another person’s freedom of speech? There are no easy answers to these moral questions, but an understanding of moral psychology can help shed light on major social concerns.
As a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, I am committed to contributing to the scientific understanding of morality. In my research, I adopt methods of social cognition to explore how people form moral judgments and how understanding our moral psychology can increase well-being and create a more tolerant society.